National League North sides Blyth Spartans and York City will visit 1st Cloud Arena after South Shields added two more fixtures to their pre-season schedule.
Blyth are the Mariners’ next opponents, with the match between the teams to take place at 3pm on Saturday, September 5.
York, meanwhile, will travel to Shields on Tuesday, September 8, with a 7.30pm kick-off.
Lee Picton and Graham Fenton’s side will complete their pre-season programme with the previously announced away fixture against another National League North outfit, Gateshead, on Saturday, September 12, with that match having now been brought forward to a 1pm kick-off.
Tickets for the Blyth and York matches will go on sale this week, with both visiting clubs to receive their own allocation of tickets to sell.
Tickets for both games are priced at £6 for adults, £4 for students and over-65s, and £2 for under-16s, although SSFC 2019-20 season ticket holders who waived their right to a partial refund will be able to claim a free ticket for the Blyth match, and priority on ticketing for the York fixture.
This further underlines the club’s gratitude to those who made such a magnificent gesture at a time of great uncertainty, and fulfills our promise of providing the option of a free ticket to two pre-season matches for all those who did so.
Those 2019-20 season ticket holders who waived their right to a partial refund can claim their Blyth tickets and buy their York tickets over the phone only between 9am and 5pm on Tuesday. The offer of free tickets to the Blyth game will expire after 5pm on Tuesday. The number to call on Tuesday is 0191 454 7800, but supporters are asked for patience as a high volume of calls is expected.
From 9am on Wednesday, remaining tickets for both matches will be made available to all other South Shields season ticket holders at a cost of £6 per game for adults, £4 per game for students and over-65s, and £2 per game for under-16s. At that stage, the tickets will be available online as well as over the phone, although the phone lines will only be open between 9am and 5pm and purchasing online will be encouraged.
Any remaining tickets will go on general sale from 9am on Thursday, with a capacity of 600 in place for both matches.
The club has also been approached by supporters regarding potential ticketing arrangements for the trip to Gateshead, but there is nothing to report at this stage. Clubs at step 2 and above in the non-league pyramid are not currently permitted to welcome spectators to games but should this change ahead of the Gateshead match, an announcement will be made.
Thank you for your continued support.
York City goalkeeper Ryan Whitley has joined South Shields on a month-long loan.
The 20-year-old is a product of the Minstermen’s academy and has experience in the BetVictor Northern Premier Division from a previous loan spell at Whitby Town.
The promising stopper also played five times in National League North for York last season.
He was on the bench in the pre-season friendly between Shields and York last summer and is now excited about what the next four weeks may bring.
Whitley said: “On a personal level it’s great to join such a good club on loan.
“I’m obviously aiming to play games and to do it for a club at the top of its league will be a great experience.
“I had a good experience in this league when I was at Whitby and I’ve heard lots of good things about this club too from some of the lads at York.
“It’s a great set-up and I want to do whatever I can to help the promotion push in the time I’m here.
“I could see at the game between Shields and York in pre-season that this club had a good set-up and now I’m here, I’m looking forward to being part of that.”
Whitley could make his debut in Saturday’s league trip to Stalybridge Celtic.
Two penalties by Jordan Burrow sealed a 2-0 win for York City in a closely contested pre-season friendly at Mariners Park on Tuesday.
South Shields were bright for long spells against their National League North opponents, but a spot-kick in each half ultimately proved to be their undoing.
There were plenty of positives to take from the night for joint managers Lee Picton and Graham Fenton.
The Mariners started well and almost took the lead in the eighth minute when a fine move was concluded with an excellent pass from Nathan Lowe into the feet of David Foley, who clipped an effort not far wide.
Lowe also sent a dipping free-kick from distance narrowly over the crossbar, while Gary Brown headed wide from a Josh Gillies corner.
The hosts’ progress was punctured on 22 minutes when Dan Maguire went down under a challenge from Brown in the area and, much to the surprise of many, the referee pointed to the spot.
Burrow rolled his spot-kick into Liam Connell’s bottom left corner to hand the Minstermen the lead.
Shields recovered in the closing stages of the first half, with an Adam Thurston effort from distance deflected into the feet of York goalkeeper Pete Jameson.
They went agonisingly close to equalising seven minutes before half-time when Lowe played in David Foley down the right and he hit a shot which struck the inside of the post before bouncing to safety.
Shields were unable to build on their momentum in the early stages of the second half as York applied some pressure.
They had a huge opportunity to double their advantage when a Kieran Green cross found the head of an unmarked Burrow, but he was only able to nod the ball wide.
Connell then made an incredible one-handed stop to keep out a Burrow header from point-blank range, and an acrobatic clearance on the line by Brown ensured Shields remained just one goal behind.
That changed in the 55nd minute, though, as Burrow stroked in his second penalty of the night following a foul by Connell on Maguire.
Connell was forced into a tremendous close range save soon after as he denied Burrow a hat-trick.
Shields freshened things up midway through the second half and were given an added impetus going forward.
New signing Jason Gilchrist had already been introduced at half-time and he showed early signs of the kind of movement the Mariners hope will make him a potent force this season.
Millenic Alli and Callum Guy were also bright sparks after they were brought on, and the two combined with 14 minutes left before Guy tested Jameson with a strike from distance.
More good play by Alli led to two efforts from Foley – one which was blocked, the other went over the bar – while a free-kick from long range by Robert Briggs went not far wide.
It was another encouraging workout for the Mariners as their preparations continue for their league-opener at Radcliffe on August 17.
Their next pre-season fixture sees them travel to Guiseley on Saturday.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Connell (Coombe 72), Trialist (Thompson 65), Adams (c) (Charlton 69), Brown, Wokoma (Lockey 65), Turnbull (Briggs 46), Gillies (Alli 65), Lowe (Guy 69), Mason (Gilchrist 46), Thurston (Daly 46), Foley.
WORDS: Daniel Prince. IMAGE: Kev Wilson.